Darryn George The Lambs’ Book of Life (Folder Wall) 2011. Image courtesy of the artist and SCAPE Public Art.

The Lambs’ Book of Life (Folder Wall)

The Lambs’ Book of Life (Folder Wall) was both a painting and a sculpture on an enormous scale.

Previously designed for the former Government Life Tower Building in Cathedral Square, Darryn George’s revised work enveloped the newly exposed western wall of the Christchurch Civic Offices, formerly obscured by the St Elmo Courts Building.

George’s design was based on an internal view of a filing cabinet drawer with the receding label tabs of suspended folders seen as a metaphor for the function of records and registers in Christian theology. The work brought a fresh sense of hope into an increasingly busy section of the central city.